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Weary Vaqueros fall late to Shreveport in playoffs

By Will Konig, 07/13/17, 7:15AM CDT


FORT WORTH _ Weary legs.

The Vaqueros ran out of steam on Wednesday in a 3-2 home loss to the Shreveport Rafters, in what marked the club’s third match in five days.

Fort Worth took the 2-0 lead into the half of Wednesday’s NPSL Conference semifinal playoff match. However, Shreveport battled back with a trio of second half goals including the game-winner in stoppage time to eliminate the Vaqueros from the playoffs.

A couple matches remain in 2017 as the Vaqueros will host the first leg of the Trinity River Cup, a rivalry derby against Dallas City, on July 29 at Martin Field.

The Vaqueros dominated the first half and had a 2-0 lead at half thanks to goals by Rio Ramirez fourth minute and Nick Rochowski in the 22nd minute.

Fort Worth knocked off Houston Regals 4-0 on Saturday but were forced to play a make-up match against Tyler on Sunday. The Vaqueros won that match 1-0 but looked taxed by the final 15 minutes of Wednesday’s game. Fort Worth was the only club of the four playoff teams to play two games this past weekend.

The Rafters scored twice after the 85th minute to steal the victory.

Shreveport scored a penalty kick in the 86th minute and then the game winner in stoppage time.